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Councilmember Cantrell Gives Toys as Mrs. Claus

Carnival and Christmas come together this afternoon at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place), at the Grand Oaks Mansion. District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell partnered with Orleans Shoring to give 100 children gifts for the season. 

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Broadmoor Improvement Association Set to Unveil Crime Cameras through ProjectNOLA

Leaders in the Broadmoor community will unveil their latest crime-fighting initiative tonight, a surveillance program through ProjectNOLA. 

State of District B Address: LaToya Cantrell Talks Unity, Policy, Parades

The platforms where New Orleans City Council members and the public normally debate the issues of the day were covered in flora Tuesday night, giving way to a single podium, flanked by two flags. For one night, Councilmembers Jackie Clarkson and Stacy Head were seated among the roughly 200 members of the public in the audience, giving one of their colleagues sole possession of the floor. Taking an unusual step for a District councilmember, LaToya Cantrell took the floor to sum up the State of District B, calling for unity across a district that in the past has often been characterized as divided along St. Charles Ave.

Cantrell Highlights Blight for Nat'l Public Health Week

Blight can be found all around the Crescent City, even when looking up. In an effort to highlight National Public Health Week (April 1-April 7), District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell held a presser yesterday evening to discuss New Orleans’ pervasive blight problem, specifically in the CBD. Appropriately, the meeting was held at 225 Baronne St., a blighted high-rise that is currently being restored into a mixed-use hotel and retail complex.

Cantrell Holds Gert Town Community Meeting

In citywide discussions, one little Uptown neighborhood that borders Mid City often gets overlooked. Gert Town is smack dab in the center of New Orleans. District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell is hosting a community meeting to discuss new projects and hear input from residents on how to reinvigorate the historic subdistrict. 

Finger Lickin' Wings Closes, 10th Ward Buck Talks

Bounce artist 10th Ward Buck has taken on a political campaign, an autobiography, and even a theatre production at the Joy. However, the entrepreneur met his match when he opened Finger Lickin’ Wings (739 Jackson Avenue) in his native neighborhood. Buck recently closed up shop at the corner of Jackson and Annunciation, and he cites his lack of liquor license as the primary factor in his decision.

Cantrell, Gray Win City Council Seats

New Reps in District B, E Expected to Assume Posts, Boustany Wins La. Race for Congress

After months of brutal campaigning and two elections, LaToya Cantrell has been declared the victor in Disrict B and James Gray will represent District E on the NEw Orleans City Council, according to unofficial results.

Voters Head to Polls for City Council Runoff Races

by William Dilella (Updated 6:30 p.m.)

Will the runoff erode the base? As voters head to the polls today to pick the next City Councillors in Districts B and E, respectively, the key will not be what has been said or how many voters went with who last time. Instead, it's all about how many people the candidates can muster back into the voting booths. 

Stacy Head Endorses LaToya Cantrell in Council Race

By William Dilella (Updated 12:15 p.m.)

The  race to represent District B on the City Council between LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan continues to draw the attention of many politicos ready to weigh in on the race and throw in their endorsement. As the race winds down, Cantrell's list seems to be growing more steadily. Now, Council President Stacy Head has announced that she is backing Cantrell for the seat, which represents parts of Uptown, Central City and the CBD.

Cantrell, Kaplan Tout New Round of Endorsements in Council Runoff

by William Dilella

With the Dec. 8 runoff approaching, politicians started picking sides once again. Over the last week, a number of new endorsements were made for District B's runoff candidates. The biggest new nod came from former candidate Eric Strachan, who was once a staffer for City Councilwomen Stacy Head and Jackie Clarkson. Strachan came out for Latoya Cantrell.

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